South Devon College doesn’t let pandemic stand in way of celebrating success of students with first virtual awards

South Devon College has staged its first virtual award ceremony to celebrate student successes.

A traditional event was not possible but, with the end of the academic year approaching, the college wasn’t going to let the pandemic stand in the way.

The College highly values recognising the achievements of both students and staff.

In total, 41 students were in line – or rather online – to receive their awards from each different subject area. Each received a personal letter from principal Laurence Frewin as well as a certificate and voucher.

Vice-principals Matthew Harbour gave a speech, there was a video of all the nominations and the reasons for the students winning their awards and they had photos taken with their certificates.

Examples of some of the fantastic students were:

Hannah, Art and Design – Hannah has made an outstanding contribution to large scale projects in addition to her college work, including creating the new design featuring on the wall linking the Hi Tech and Digital Centre to the main college building.

Shaun, Automotive Refinishing – He has worked outside his timetable to help complete work on customers cars and has received glowing reviews from a local company during his work experience.

James, Computing and Digital Technologies – James was the only student in his class to finish with straight distinctions. He has also helped his classmates by offering technical support when learning moved online.

Jess, Health and Care – Jess has consistently worked hard to achieve very high grades and also has outstanding attendance. Alongside her course, she has worked at a local care home in Torquay and has continued to be an essential key worker.

Principal and CEO Mr Frewin said: “What our students have accomplished this year is staggering. Despite all the disruption that they have experienced, they have not only continued to do exceptionally well, but they are making a positive difference in their classes and out in the community.

“Everyone at the college feels proud that we are an important part of their journey, supporting them now and as they progress in to the future. We wish each of them every continued success.”

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